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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 30, 2008 7:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

...I've been searching for great ROW JIMMY's...one of my all-time favorite Dead tunes, but one that I have trouble finding many great live versions of. (Either Jerry blows the lyrics, or the pace is too agonizingly slow; or the tune isn't sufficiently jammed out as it could be in the instrumental bridges.)

Still, along with the standard reference to 4/12/78 at Duke U. (which in many ways is the gold standard) I once in a while come across other brilliant versions that surprise and delight. And some I take a second listen to and re-discover their brilliance.

In the former category, I urge RJ fans to check out this new Glassberg MOTB that SDH pointed out a while ago:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-03.aud.glassberg.motb.0042.86241.flac16

...and in the latter "re-visiting: category, I somehow forgot how beautiful this RJ is from this classic show, a VERY rare 2nd set appearance of this tune:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-03-20.sbd.kempa.257.sbefixed.shnf

both these versions feature really intricate Jerry jams leading to the "broken heart don't feel so bad" verse and are real gems. Hope you'll agree, and point to any other RJ's you feel worthy.



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Poster: billydlions Date: Jul 30, 2008 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

I prefer versions where Jerry plays slide guitar. 5-8-77 & 5-15-77 are both outstanding. However, my favorite may be from Penn State in 1979. The crowd really gets in to this one, which is rare for a slow song. On top of that it's a MOTB recording, so you know the whole show is good with great sound.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-05-08.nak700.glassberg.motb.87806.sbeok.flac24

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jul 30, 2008 10:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

I love Row Jimmy, but I like it sloooowwww...so my fave version is 7/18/76...every note is crystalline and beautiful.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jul 30, 2008 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

wow really? You've never come across many live ones you like? It's one of my favorites.

Here's one I come back to a lot. I like Phil's basic lay down of repeating the theme, keeps this version real strong imo. This whole show is one of my favorites. Lobster is a big fan too.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-12-31.prefm.gans-bucholtz-abrams.GEMS.90102.sbeok.flac16

Here's one of my favorites I was at

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-06-10.sbd-matrix.miller-ladner.6937.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 30, 2008 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

yes, that 12-31-90 show is a fav. The show is so good you forget about Jer's voice problems

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 30, 2008 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

I'll have to check those out...it's funny, I never would have considered a '90 show for a good RJ...not sure why...I tend to regard '90 as the absolute last good year for the band, but I always think of it in terms of songs like "Eyes" or "Dark Star"...the longer 2nd set tunes that were revived by the presence of Branford and/or Bruce when he sat in...I'll def. give those 2 a listen.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jul 30, 2008 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

I think 90 was one of the best years for that tune. Of course I shouldn't have overlooked 73

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-05-26.sbd.miller.patched.83535.flac16
and
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-06-22.sbd.clugston.5850.sbeok.shnf

stand out for me but the power they had in 90 does the song good.

Funny, I allway see 89-91 as having some of their stronest first sets. In fact sometimes better than the second sets because a lot of times the second set falls down the toilet in the last half

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 30, 2008 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

I really only like the ones that have the reggae beat toward the end.....the early ones tend to drag......

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jul 30, 2008 8:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

Hi flow...

:)

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 30, 2008 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

While in 1990, also check out 7.19 from Deer Creek.
Good Row Jimmy following a wonderful Desolation Row.

This post was modified by dogsinapile! on 2008-07-30 15:45:48

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Poster: clashcity Date: Jul 30, 2008 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever since they tore the Jukebox down...

I agree on the Deer Creek 7-19-90...

Great first set I think... That Jack Straw opener is pretty good too. If the recording out there sounded better it might make it up there with 9-19-90 where Jer just goes off...